The last few weeks have been really difficult. So before heading to bed, I decided to start listing the things I'm thankful for. Or as Irving Berlin put it: "counting my blessings, instead of sheep."

  1. I'm thankful for the roof over my head…even if there are squirrels (and maybe a raccoon) in the attic, and a trap on my roof that is slowly and expensively capturing the critters.
  2. I'm thankful I don't own a shotgun like the old woman in Ratatouille…otherwise, I might remove the critters in a personally harmful way. (You know I'm kidding…right? I wouldn't actually fire a gun!)
  3. I'm thankful for a warm house…even if the furnace, which is only 13-14 years, is dying and must be replaced.
  4. I'm thankful I should be able to replace the furnace before it completely dies…I'm praying.
  5. I'm thankful my father taught me to be fiscally cautious and I'm in a house I can afford. (And, I'm praying the economy doesn't get worse and worse.)
  6. I'm thankful my parents were not hurt tonight when my father's wallet was stolen in Chicago…and I'm praying that we've taken care of everything and that there will be NO long term issues.
  7. I'm thankful for the Chicago police officer that filed our police report and then realized she grew up two blocks from where my parents live and that her parents are still there.
  8. I'm thankful the police are going to catch the thief that took my father's wallet…I'm praying.
  9. I'm thankful that my car is still running…and might re-name it Amen2.
  10. I'm thankful only vendors, service people, and a few neighbors are coming over to my house recently…because my vacuum cleaner is not working. (Honestly, any excuse to avoid cleaning!!!)
  11. I'm thankful that the toilet is working better, and that the second one works even better.
  12. I'm thankful that taxes are not due until April 15…because I'm still trying to get them ready to go to the accountant.
  13. I'm thankful for a comfy bed that I plan to snooze on shortly.
  14. I'm thankful for my family and friends.
  15. I'm thankful for my family and friends who love me even if I have been whining lately.
  16. I'm thankful for their help and patience.
  17. I'm thankful for Reggie and his bright, perky eyes.
  18. I'm thankful for my vicarious trip to Australia (via TL) and my vicarious trip to Europe (via CG).
  19. I'm thankful the weather is supposed to be nicer tomorrow!
  20. I'm thankful I'm too tired to proofread this and fix all the typos. "Tomorrow is another day."
  21. I'm thankful for tomorrow.
  22. I'm thankful I'll think of more things to be thankful for when I wake up tomorrow.
  23. I'm thankful there are lots of things to be thankful for even if I can't list them all here.
  24. I'm thankful a few people are still reading this and will smile.
  25. I'm thankful that Jesus is taking care of me and loving me…even when I'm whining.

I'm thankful. (If you leave a comment, focus on what you are thankful for, not on me and my list.)

4 comments to Thankful

  • What a great post. Acknowledging the rotten stuff but with a sense of humor and there really is a lot to be thankful for even when life is overwhelming! I LOL re RATATOUILLE…I can just imagine it! You hang in there…you’ve been in my prayers!

  • Squirrels make a lot more noise in an attic than their size would suggest. I hope their presence is short lived.
    Ah … and furnaces … I need to replace mine as well.

  • I’m thankful for my sweetie.
    I’m thankful I get to go to Japan at the end of the month.
    (just a couple of biggies :) )

  • Laura, thanks for the comments and prayers.
    Delmer, the squirrels were loud. I think we have them all, but the hole is still up there and the fewl I mistakenly hired hasn’t come back to cover it. Getting very annoyed. As for the furnace, I need to quickly decide on either a single- or two-staged one. And I have no idea.
    Kazza (the not) Blank One, both of those are good things to be thankful for!
    Thanks all, and sorry for my delayed response,

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